Kerry Washington covers the June 7th issue of The Hollywood Reporter. She is the only African-American actress featured alongside fellow prime-time starlets Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Connie Britton (Nashville). In conjunction with the cover story, the actresses sat down for a round-table discussion about their paths to stardom.
Kerry, on race playing a factor in casting:
It’s a little bit different for me because I’ll audition for something and they’ll just decide that they’re not going “ethnic” with a character, which I hear a lot. People have artistic license … that’s what casting is: fitting the right look to the right character… Whereas you could maybe lose some weight, there’s not really anything I can do, nor would I want to, about being black.
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